• Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb thanks, love. I’m feeling pretty pessimistic at the moment (at least I’ll either be right or pleasantly surprised…) dark days indeed. The fact that tomorrow is Friday the 13th really doesn’t help!

    I’m hoping for a small victory at least, that I’ll feel part of. The candidate I’m voting for slashed the incumbents majority from about…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missy his ‘shut up – shuttedy shuttedy up’ moment in his last season (I think) was a clear tribute to his Malcolm.  The man has fantastic timing and verbal dexterity, so I suppose the lesson is, if you’re going to do something, do it well.

     

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @cathannabel I’m so sorry to hear this. I absolutely think Who can be a source of hope and comfort – especially here. x

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 the outline for assignment scoring is written, in my opinion, for advanced STEM students. It’s all quite complicated. The conversation there came about because I was reminding people (and myself) that the first assignment score accounts for only 5% of the taught module score (which is itself only 50% of the Masters) so, not to panic. But…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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  • Miapatrick replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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  • Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 just in the later stages of my first essay, and experiencing my usual nightmare that my tutor might simply point out that I have completely misunderstood the critics I’ve quoted, I wonder how far I might push the concept of reader response over authorial intent…

    To be honest, when I write fiction I usually don’t work out what I’m doing…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16: I’ve just read that Barthes died after being  knocked down by a laundry van, and I can’t help imagining a disgruntled author pulling off his disguise and cackling manically as he drives down the street…

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 not to mention that there’s a lot of literary theory stuff and intertextuality that can be applied. For example, are the ‘theories even more insane than what’s actually happening’ rendered invalid by Moffat’s (in particular) intent? Are a lot of negative fan reactions down to an old fashioned insistence on ‘Influence’ (insisting on the…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 ah – it has been a while. I’ve started studying again and for the first time in a while I’m writing an assignment (or attempting to.) and this is my favourite space for displacement activity!

    I can however justify the above post because it was, at least, research related…

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    According to the OED, oldest use is: ‘In the military organisation of the later middle ages, a young man of good birth attendant upon a knight (= esquire n.1 1a); one ranking next to a knight under the feudal system of military service and tenure.’ Originally from French, unsurprisingly given the date (1290 is the oldest quotation here).

    Not long…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    Always love an Austen reference!

    I still feel you’re not getting what I’m saying – because I do agree with you. What I’m saying is, man as gender neutral was fine – when both what we call men (and they called wermen) and what we call women (what they called wifmen) both had prefixes. And at that time, man was gender neutral for when you didn’t…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    So, British residents on here – BritBox? Apparently every surviving episode of Old Who is going to be put on from Christmas. The one thing that makes yet another streaming service sound actually quite exciting. No contract either, I think.

    (lots of complaints on the Guardian site, of course, about having to pay again for BBC licence fee funded…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @missy it’s also worth noting that Mistress shortened to Mrs has historically been used by and for a woman who has achieved independent status – a cook, housekeeper, shopkeeper might be unmarried and ‘Mrs’. Or an older, unmarried, independent gentlewoman.

    Mistress shortened to Miss was used more to denote a young woman still in the protection of…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @janetteb true, but it does seem man once was truly gender neutral, till ‘man’ dropped the prefix.  Theres something fundamental about it isn’t it – that this word is at the same time supposed to mean this specific group – male people, and all people. Men as the default, as seen in medical testing, crash test dummies, etcetera…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @missy technically Miss and Mrs both mean the same thing. And that thing is Mistress, which came to mean something else entirely…

    when it comes to ‘man’ or ‘person’ I can’t help thinking it would be easier if we’d stuck to ‘wifman’ and ‘Werman’ (I think it was) and kept ‘man’ as gender neutral. But we didn’t.

  • @winston it was good, wasn’t it? Clearly a labour of love from Gaiman to Pratchett.

    @janetteb – my boyfriend and I are near the end of season two re-watch ready for Thursday, quite excited.

  • @pedant agree, absolutely brilliant. There was, I think, a small element of hindsight, though never smart-arse or preachy, from the opening scene.

    I also have to mention the scene I was absolutely dreading (I’m trying to avoid spoilers even though this is an historical series and it’s something that actually happened – but there is a webpage…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @bluesqueakpip if it’s a dating site, it’s not a very good dating site. I’ve yet to receive a single unsolicited (or solicited, for obvious reasons) photograph of genitalia. (Or then again, maybe that makes it a very good dating site after all).

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    A very rich dying widow has asked for my assistance in distributing her fortune via private message on here…

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